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About the University

Applying For A Program

Tuition Fees, Bursaries and Academic Awards

English Language and Pathway Programs

Student Services

Working In Australia

About Brisbane

About the University

Is James Cook University well known?

Ranked in the top 2% of Universities in the world by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2016), James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland and Australia's leading university in the tropics.

JCU is also ranked among the top 12 tourism education institutions in the world.

Over the past five years, JCU academics have won more awards for their excellence in teaching from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council than many larger universities.

Applying For A Program

How do I enrol in a program?

You can complete an online application, or complete an application form for the relevant course and email or post these back to us, together with copies of your qualifications.

I don't know what to study, can you help me?

Understandably, making a decision about what to study can be a difficult process.  We have staff based in some countries who may be able to assist you.  Alternatively, you can send us an email at

When should I submit my application to study at the Brisbane campus?

JCU Brisbane has three start dates each year - in March, July and November.  As the student visa application can sometimes be a lengthy process, it is best that you give yourself plenty of time to get this done when you have decided on a start date.

Is there any cost for applying to study?

There is no application fee for JCU Brisbane.

How much credit transfer am I entitled to?

Send us your application and transcripts so we can assess for credits.  Once this is processed, you will receive a Letter of Offer listing the number of credits you are eligible for, if any.

Tuition Fees and Academic Awards

What sort of scholarships/bursaries does JCU Brisbane provide?

Starting November 2012 all newly enrolled students will be able to compete for the Academic Excellence Scholarship. This award program is of monetary value and is specifically designed for all students enrolling into our Brisbane programs from November 2012 onwards.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship will give all students the opportunity to improve their Grade Point Average (GPA) throughout their stay at JCU Brisbane and ultimately the possibility to compete for a JCU univerity medal.

English Language & Pathway Programs

How much English will I require to do a Bachelor or Master program?

You will require an IELTS score of 6.0, with no score lower than 5.5.   Other English tests that are accepted by JCU Brisbane include TOEFL (both paper & internet based) and Pearson (PTE Academic).

Does JCU Brisbane offer any English courses?

JCU Brisbane works in conjunction with Sarina Russo Institute to provide English programs to students who may require further English in order to pursue a degree.

Sarina Russo Institute is co located at 349 Queen St, with James Cook University Brisbane.  This provides students with a university study environment and students can access all the support services that are available to university students

What qualifications do I need to do a degree?

If you are pursuing the Bachelor of Business, entry requirements for the relevant countries can be found here.

If you are after a master degree, you will require an undergraduate degree in any discipline equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree.

If you are thinking of doing an IT degree, then you will need to have completed a recognised undergraduate degree in IT OR equivalent prior learning plus appropriate professional experience.

Send us your application and supporting documents so that your undergraduate degree can be assessed for entry into a Master degree in IT.

Student Services

What sort of services does the campus offer to students?

There are a range of services available to students.  The Learning Centre, JCU Brisbane Library, the Student Mentor Program and the Student Council all offer different services, however, all are designed to provide you with the best uni experience possible.

How do I accept my Offer?

Once you have met all the conditions listed on your Letter of Offer (if any), you can accept the offer and make the required payment.  This usually consists of tuition fees for three subjects and the premium for your Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC).

You must complete the Acceptance and Payment Agreement and indicate where you intend to apply for your student visa.  We will also need a copy of your passport at this point.

I do not meet the entry requirements for a Master program at JCU Brisbane,  what are my options?

If you have completed a degree that does not quite equate to an Australian degree, you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP).

Successful completion of this four subject program will allow you entry into a number of postgraduate programs.

What is a trimester?

A trimester is three study periods in a year.  Australian universities usually provide a semester system, with start dates in Feb and July.  At JCU Brisbane, start dates are in March, July and November.  JCU Brisbane students can complete their degrees and enter the workforce earlier.

Are there any short term study options available at JCU Brisbane?

Yes, the Graduate Certificate in accounting, business and information technology and the Graduate Diploma in all the above programs, as well as international hospitality management.

The Graduate Certificate runs for one trimester while the standard duration for the Graduate Diploma is three trimesters.

I have never worked before in my life, but I have read that work experience is one of the things employers look for in graduates.  Can JCU Brisbane help me with this?

Yes, these days more employers are looking for graduates who can show that they have both the qualification and the work experience to do the job.

There are two ways to gain work experience while you're studying at JCU Brisbane.

  1. You can apply to do an internship in your last trimester.  This is available as an elective in all programs except the Master of Professional Accounting.  For approximately 10 weeks, you will spend 10 to 20 hours per week working on a project set by your host organisation.  This experience will allow you to put into practice the theory you have learnt.  At the same time it allows you to experience the Australian work environment. 

  2. Joblinx offers work experience opportunities through two programs:  Head Start and Head Start Pro. The Head Start program is aimed at students with little or no experience, while Head Start Pro is designed for students with applicable work experience, and places them in professional work environments with host employers.

Working in Australia

Am I able to work while studying?

You are not allowed to work until you have started your course.  You can work up to 40 hours a fortnight while you're studying, and unlimited hours during scheduled uni breaks.

Do I have to pay for a separate visa to apply for work rights in Australia?

No: your right to work is included in your student visa.  You will not need to pay any additional charges for this.

I am bringing my family with me.  Can they work in Australia?

Your family members are not allowed to work until you start your course.

If you're enrolled in a undergraduate program, your family member  is only allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight at all times.

If you're enrolled in a Master program, your family member may work unlimited hours.

Will JCU Brisbane assist me to find work when I start my studies?

JCU Brisbane has an employment and careers department which is run by a privately owned recruitment agency called Joblinx.

Joblinx assists students with part time and graduate employment as well as work experience opportunities.  A range of training programs are also available to prepare students for the global workplace.

Joblinx services are exclusive to JCU Brisbane students.

As this is my first time living overseas, what should I do?

There is some useful information on the Study Brisbane website that may be able to help you settle in when you first arrive in Brisbane to ensure a smooth transition.

About Brisbane

What is the weather like in Brisbane?

Popularly known as the Sunshine State, Brisbane's weather is never too cold or too hot.  Summer temperatures range between 20°C and 28°C, while the cooler winter months provide a temperature range between 10°C and 21°C.

How do I travel to the uni?

Buses and trains are the most common options.  Depending on where you stay, you might be able to take a ferry, walk or even cycle to the campus.